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Athletics Resource Links

When Kids Start Playing to Win

“If every single man on our team knows, when the game’s over, that he played the best ballgame he was capable of, I can’t fault him.”


Rick Wolff – The Sports Edge
Interesting talk show on many sports related topics particularly pertaining to youth.



NPR – “Pediatricians Say Training Can Help Teens Avoid Knee Injuries”



New York Times article: “Sports Should Be Childs Play”

Multi-sport approach in youth is beneficial.



Pacific Standard – article “Can Exercise Close the Achievement Gap”

Benefits of exercise on academic performance



TED talk – David Epstein: “Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better and Stronger?”

Technology and the knowledge we have about the human is what is improving the performance of athletes



The Atlantic article

Exercise and ADHD


US Lacrosse – article – “13 Qualities The Best Lacrosse Coaches Have in Common”

Thirteen qualities of good coaches true to any sport although the article comes from US Lacrosse.


US Lacrosse – article – “Coaching Youth Lacrosse: Fun is Essential”

Importance of making sports fun.



US Lacrosse article – “What Does It Take To Be Great: Tips From 35 Team USA Stars”

Four qualities that were most predominate. 1. Be a good student and person first. 2. Work hard every day. 3. Play multiple sports. 4. Have fun.



Yahoo Health article: “Kids and Sports: Is Training Getting too Intense”

“This movement toward a high-intensity sports culture has had experts warning against the dangers of injury for years, and now scientific research is starting to back them up.”



Steve Nash Youth Basketball Blog – article

Pertains to all sports regarding the drive to the top in sports – “an adult driven, hyper competitive race to the top in both academics and athletics that serves the needs of the adults, but rarely the kids.”



New York Times article – “How Exercise May Protect Against Depression”

Scientists have also known that exercise seems to cushion against depression. Working out somehow makes people and animals emotionally resilient, studies have shown.



TEDx Talk – video – “Changing the Game in Youth Sports: John O’Sullivan

O’Sullivan remembers when youth sports was about children competing with other children instead of adults competing with each other through their kids.